The Fixer (2008 TV series)

The Fixer is a British drama television series, produced by Kudos for ITV. Set in modern Britain, it follows the life of John Mercer, an ex-British Special Forces soldier, arrested by police for killing his aunt and uncle following his discovery of their abuse of his sister, Jess Mercer. John Mercer is released early from prison to serve in a covert state security squad as a government-backed assassin responsible for eliminating criminals and renegade police officers that the law cannot apprehend.

The Fixer
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GenreDrama
Created byBen Richards
StarringAndrew Buchan
Tamzin Outhwaite
Jody Latham
Liz White
Peter Mullan
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time45 min.
Production company(s)Kudos
DistributorEndemol Shine UK
Release
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release10 March 2008 (2008-03-10) –
6 October 2009 (2009-10-06)
External links
Website

Main castEdit

EpisodesEdit

Filming locationsEdit

In Episode 1 of series 1, the production team visited Kent briefly in 2007 to shoot scenes at Botany Bay in Thanet.[1]

ReceptionEdit

The first episode received an audience of 6.65 million viewers, a 26.5% share, and episode two dropped 1.4m viewers, drawing 5.23 million, a 21.3% share of the audience. The next three episodes managed ratings of 4.75 million, 4.81 million and 4.80 million respectively. The last episode of the first series only managed 3.84 million (13.3% share), due to the episode competing against the start of a new run of Waking the Dead on BBC One which achieved double the share of that time slot.

Series One of The Fixer received a Royal Television Society award for Best Series.[2]

Due to the critical acclaim and good ratings that the first series received, a second series was commissioned, which launched to 4.22 million viewers in September 2009.[3] Series Two had disappointing ratings, dropping to as low as 2.82 million viewers by the season's end, and the show wasn't renewed for a third series.

RatingsEdit

DVD releasesEdit

Series One was released on DVD in the UK on 21 April 2008.[5][6] It contains all six episodes and a behind-the-scenes documentary. Series Two was released on 12 October 2009.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office The Fixer Film Focus".
  2. ^ "Homepage - National Film and Television School". nftsfilm-tv.ac.uk.
  3. ^ "Lisa's BB eviction seen by 2.5 million". Digital Spy.
  4. ^ a b "Most Viewed". Broadcast Audience Research Board.
  5. ^ "Fixer, The - Season One (2008)". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Amazon UK's Official The Fixer DVD Page". Amazon.com. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  7. ^ "The Fixer - Series 2 [DVD]". amazon.co.uk.

External linksEdit